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The 19th Arpa International Film Festival four-day festival concluded with the awards ceremony, with the Serbian film, Train Driver’s Diary directed by Milos Radovic winning Best Feature Film along with Best Screenplay, and The Other Side of Home directed by Naré Mkrtchyan winning Best Documentary.

19th Arpa IFF 2016 award winners

Best Feature Film
Train Driver’s Diary (2016) | Serbia | Director: Milos Radovic
During his professional career, every train driver inadvertently kills 20 to 30 people. Their victims are usually suicidal, careless, drunk, or just absent-minded people. This is a tragic comedy about innocent murderers and their lives.

Best Documentary
The Other Side of Home (20146) | U.S.A. | Director: Naré Mkrtchyan
In 1915, an estimated 1.5 million Armenians were killed by the Ottoman Turks, in what historians call the first genocide of the 20th century. In 2015, a Turkish woman named Maya discovers that her great grandmother was a survivor of the Armenian Genocide. As Maya wrestles with this new reality, she comes to embody the conflict that remains unresolved between the two people. She has two conflicting identities: one that suffers and the other that denies the suffering and its causes. The Other Side of Home is a documentary that follows Maya as she goes to Armenia to take part in the 100th commemoration of the Genocide and to explore her new-found roots. This film is a universal story of identity, denial, and how the experience of genocide creates a ripple effect for future generations on both sides.

Best Animated Short Film
Anna (2015) | France | Director: Alexia Rubod, Antoine Poyard, Jordann Jacobé, Alexis Choquard, Sophie Bracmard, Yunhan Liu

Best Short Film
ZAAR (2016) | USA | Director: Ibrahim Nada

Best Director
David Safarian, Hot Country, Cold Winter
”A little piece of land? A whole country? A little group of people or a whole nation? What are they waiting for? Is their queue endless?” Do not expect to get all the answers.

A tale of a man and a woman suffering near-absurd circumstances of a total energy crisis. Their narratives, recollections, imagination, dreams act as aids in understanding of the story, and in understanding that core human values are shared throughout the world.

When living conditions become unbearable, people quickly lose their human face, but one should be able to keep it in any circumstances. Katya, Tigran, his mother, the brother, their neighbors: all the protagonists of HOT COUNTY, and each of them has a prototype, were able to do that. This is a story of a family but at the same time is a big part of the history of the whole nation.

Best Screenplay
Train Driver’s Diary (2016) | Serbia | Milos Radovic

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